The latest fandom shitstorm is that vast amounts of peoples' stories have been stolen from AO3 and other sites and uploaded to this site as ebook downloads. They are out of context without proper summaries, fandom listings, or useful information, though author credits are usually intact and through that you can search them to find out if they have taken your fic.

DO SEARCH. Some of mine were on there. There was no logic to it, it was not popular stuff or lengthy stuff, it was just random shit all over the map. There are some advice posts offering standard formats for insert-your-details-here DMCA contact claims. One is here:

I submitted such a claim yesterday and cannot see my fics there now. I don't know for sure if they've just blocked access for non-signed-up people to see them or if they are taken down, but hopefully the latter.

I don't get all that worked up about this sort of thing, but letting a site get away with the crappy formatting and presentation, and demanding credit card details on sign-up and turning a profit from works created and specifically offered free for other fans -- NO.
I keep increasingly seeing snippets of a "nice guy/geek guy characters are bad" u-turn in fandom which to be honest, what? Because stupid me, I'm still wed to the notion that when I say a character is a nice guy that's a good thing, and I have no idea where the original meta is that this stems from or when but--

Yeah. So. Jake Foley. Chuck. Keiichi Morisato. Sam Oliver from Reaper, maybe, because I need to rewatch that show and I can't remember if he has a girlfriend at the start. But any number of other characters that we loved 5-10 years ago, are we not supposed to like anymore because they're presented as nice/geek guys who can't get girlfriends? When a decade ago we had icons that said "geek guys get all the girls" and geek positive was great? (though I think my response at the time was "can geek girls have some too?")

Shouldn't fandom send memos when the meaning of something entirely flips from positive to negative? Or at least shouldn't people have some kind of grasp that maybe a lot of fans, either new ones incoming or ones that didn't get the memo yet, are going to assume words mean what they mean? The person who expected me to psychically intuit all of this in a conversation last year obviously didn't, they were still telling me I was an emotionally vacant aspergers bitch (while not a direct quote, pretty much in a nutshell) in email a month back for not knowing it.

I get that somewhere at the core of this u-turn is a thing about how some people built up fantasies about this type of guy and got let down or taken advantage of, so it's probably whiplash from that whole thing 5-10 years ago? But it seems couterproductive to hype up and condemn one character type for doing shit that men do or as if non-geek types never do that. I also get that there's a shift in the status of the geek in the real world now we're all much more technology-hooked so there's a time-sensitive factor. But I always read this as predominently a male comedy trope anyway, which I liked because it actually tended to give me characters that I could relate to a bit more than the other standard fare. And gee, at heart the message that someone might be socially and romantically inept and yet in the course of the story have their inner value affirmed and brought out... Of course that's not going to have meant anything to people who watched and rooted for those characters.

There was a fabulous Tumblr post I saw a few weeks back about "your fave is problematic" which dug into this whole issue of fandom suddenly declaring things "problematic" in dismissal of all the people to whom that thing had been important and helped them out by giving them a reflection when they felt shitty in the past. I'll have to see if I can find that again.

Regards the fact it might be feeding a bit into the Nathan-hate thing in some quarters where I've encountered hints of this, frankly I'd say he's a more developed character and actually presented as far too morally muddied to fit this trope anyway. And when can't get a girlfriend is re-visioned through/tied to a physical disability (albeit of supernatural origins) and anxiety about not being able to sustain relationships because of not being able to touch|feel people, I would say that is a fucking different thing. (And also a damn good reason -- among others -- why this particular character might come attached to a great deal of other importance for people who are this. [In non-supernatural-troubled variants, obviously.])

In terms of the direct geek thing it's probably an... older trope anyway? It's certainly going out of fashion, because computers and genre tv is more mainstream than it used to be.

But meta-ish thoughts aside, mainly I am just, fuck you fandom, on this point. Because it changes the rules on you and doesn't tell you and then calls you names for not knowing. And seriously, where did these conversations happen? Because I didn't see them. All I've seen is the odd mention that over time added up to the conclusion that this is now a Thing.

I'm sorry if anyone is offended by this post. I am definitely working in the dark without a map, here, and have had to piece together what understanding of the issue I could.

[ETA. Someone brought up the idea that this might come from a thing in the feminist rather than fandom sphere, of a Nice Guy Syndome, so it seems possible to me that this is filtering through in a slightly confused sort of sense, and there might be a couple of different things going on rather than one clear strand.]

[ETA 2] There are comments if you follow the livejournal link, which may explain the issue more fully.
Anyone into Daredevil at all on my flist? My epic_rec last week was a DD crossover, and I ended up reading the fic (an old favourite) again, which led to me watching the director's cut of the movie again, which leads to me now having a re-read of the comics for the first time in a while. (And I'm doing a catch-up on the recent TPBs, having ordered them from the library system, because too expensive and too little space left in my flat for more than the one shelf unit full of US sized comics. Definitely something to be said for manga's more compact sizes.)

So something along these lines just moseyed by on tumblr and reminded me of something someone else said the other week that made me wtf, and do you know -- I really can't understand this fake fangirl business. Or why someone would get wound up to the extend of paranoia about being accused of not being a good enough/proper/real fan, because of, presumably, bullshit started by nerdboys who aren't comfortable with nerdgirls on their turf. If you fan in different ways to the guys who have to have every issue then arrange their collection with OCD accuracy and know the contents of every issue to quote numbers off the top of their heads (or equivalent examples), who cares? That's a passive type of fannishness anyway, compared to a female-dominated community that uses fandom to create.

I just-- who gives a shit? Really? Why should anyone else's version of fannishness impact you? I was in the sci-fi soc at uni, I was on the committee with the rest of the total headcases* ;) and sunk to legendary depths of geekness and alcohol abuse with 6-12 guys in a bar til midnight followed by someone-who-had-a-tv's room til 3am on a regular basis. I wasn't interested in the conversations they had about types of spaceships, they weren't interested in my fanfiction about Julian Bashir, but we still watched the same stuff together.

And if I didn't care at 19, then as a 37 year old woman I can't think of anything I could care about less than whether the fanboys think that my version of fannishness is "good enough"... or care to accept that they're the ones who set the bar for that anyway. (So if anyone else ever thinks I'm playing the I'm-a-better-fan-than-you game for any reason, I'm not. For the record. I wouldn't even be thinking about it.)

* Because it occured to me someone's bound to go there, saying I was one of the nutters (this committee was actually notorious) does not mean I'm saying I was more hardcore fannish than anyone who was not. Just stop it, 'kay?
So here I'm trying to search for Haven fanfiction that isn't on or AO3, and it seems it's become quite difficult to find fanfiction that isn't on those sites (or livejournal, I guess, because it's usually connected to the communities). I don't know if it's because it's not there and people just don't post to their own websites anymore or if I've got out of the habit of looking and google never shows those things anywhere near the beginning of the pages when you do search. But I remember zipping around different fic archives and personal websites after fic and that... doesn't seem to happen anymore. Is it me failing to find things, because I've got lazy and don't have so much internet time anymore, or have things really got so much more centralized?

(It would be really nice to have a Haven fic archive that wasn't just the sections on AO3 and

In the same sort of vein, I've been nattering to [profile] kattahj the last few days about how I don't get Twitter (or Tumblr), they both seem kind of bizarre and difficult to follow and I don't understand how they work and have never signed up to either. And this is for much the same reason I'm probably a bit out of touch with ficdom, because I don't have the internet at home and in fact deliberately restrict how much time I spend on the internet by NOT having it at home. Because if it's there, I'm on it, and nothing else gets done -- and I did that for a few years, then consciously moved house and did not get the internet with the determination that I would Do Things that didn't involve spending my entire life sat at the computer. Which has worked, but the time that I have now is not really enough to keep up with everything the way I used to, 6, 7 years ago.

Then there are new things which come along, and I don't sign up to them, because I don't have the time for that. But I'm really wondering if I'm starting to get a bit lost behind it all, as people I've been in touch with move on to other mediums for fannish communication and in terms of the technology and platforms I'm still basically where I was at 6-7 years ago, when I decided I wouldn't get the internet in the new flat and would restrict myself to a couple of hours four or five days a week just to check email, download fic and stuff to read/watch/listen to at home, and check livejournal.

Plus it's not really enough time to get into epic discussions and swapping comments, and generally not at hours of the day conducive to chat (which I've gotten out of the habit of at all), and by the time I go back to threads they can be days old, so it's a bit isolating at the speed of things in internet-land. Especially since I'm not staggering communicative a fairly large percentage of the time anyway. I mean, I still read my flist. Most people probably haven't had a comment from me in over a year, if ever, and probably barely remember the last time they saw me post, since certainly for a while it averaged less than once a month.

Just musing...


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